YOUTH FOOTBALL: Grantham Town under-12s through to County Cup semi-finals

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Mid Lincs League

Under-12A

County Cup, quarter-finals

Grantham Flames 2

Grantham Town 5

Strong wind and a heavy playing surface contributed to a scrappy start for both teams. Following early periods of pressure for both sides Grantham Town took the opportunity to break the deadlock when Jacob Thompson played a super ball through to Lewis Brady whose clean finish put the visitors in front.

Both sides created opportunities from corners which were well defended. Grantham’s captain Liam Clamp cleared the lines in strong and commanding fashion.

Flames came back at Grantham Town and scored an equaliser. The rest of the first half saw Grantham Town dominate the play and the possession.

Lewis Daff set Brady up who struck the ball superbly to bring an excellent save from the Flames keeper. Nathan Lane worked tirelessly on the left in both defensive and creative roles.

Grantham Town continued their domination of the play after the break with Brady going on an early run and hitting the post. Alfie Morley delivered a corner into the box which Tom Andersen headed just wide.

Andersen was soon to have another opportunity when Daff played a ball through to feet which Tom struck well, forcing the Flames keeper to save with some style.

Campbell Williams was tested in the Grantham Town goal on a couple of occasions and met the challenges well. Defensively, Grantham Town looked strong with great work from Josh Carey, Clamp, Max Carrington-Hayward and Owen.

Town continued to create opportunities with Praise Ollalere, Lewis Brady, Alfie Morley, Jacob Thompson and Alex Geeson all linking up well. Daff put in a great tackle and played the ball to Brady who kept his head to score his and Town’s second. Their third followed shortly after with a cool finish in the box by Praise Ollalere.

Both Jacob Thompson and Lewis Brady had shots saved. Flames had a couple of further chances but great defensive work and tackling from Archie Ablewhite and Carrington-Hayward and good work in goal from Williams saw the score held at 3-1.

Brady extended Town’s lead and Jacob Thompson made it 5-1 with a super strike. Flames narrowed the gap late on and Alex Geeson went close in the last few minutes.

A very well deserved man of the match went to Town captain Liam Clamp.